Deadline: April 5, 2024

Entry fee: £10

About the competition

The 2024 Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize is now open for submissions. The competition is for original short fiction by writers without previous publication.

First Prize is £1000, Second Prize is £500, Third Prize is £250.

The three prize winners will each receive a development meeting with a member of the Spread the Word team, a year’s membership to their London Writers Network, plus four free places for workshops and courses on their regular programme. The short story publisher Scratch Books is also offering editorial feedback for the top three authors, and a longlisted entry will be published in a print edition of The London Magazine.

The twelve longlisted stories will be published in Brick Lane Bookshop’s New Short Stories 2024 anthology.

Competition guideline

  • Read the Terms and conditions below
  • Fill out the entry form on this page.
  • Entry costs £10 per story. The proceeds of the competition cover prize administration, the anthology production costs and paying readers and judges. Everyone involved with the running of the prize is paid.
  • We have 50 free entries for low-income writers, available on a first-come, first-served basis. This number may grow as we receive pay-it-forward entries once submissions are open. 
  • If you’re a low-income writer; for example from a household earning less than £16k per year, or in receipt of benefits, working tax credits, universal credit, disability allowance or carer’s allowance, please email  [email protected] to check availability. Use ‘Low-income entry’ as your subject header and include your full name and email address. We don’t require any information about or proof of your financial situation, but please bear in mind these places are limited and designed to allow writers for whom the entry fee is prohibitive to take part in the competition. Before emailing, please read our T&Cs carefully to check you are eligible to enter the competition. 
  • It is important to us that the competition is accessible to as many writers as possible. If you require assistance to submit your story, please contact us a month ahead of the submission deadline so that we can help or advise. We also recommend visiting the CRIPtic Arts website which offers different points of assistance for creatives with disabilities.
  • Read the whole guideline and submit an entry here.
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